SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A Symphony No.1 "Hiroshima" written by Japan's, Mamoru Samuragochi is now available for download on Denon Classics at all digital retailers, including Amazon MP3.
A modern symphony influenced by Mahler and other Roman Symphonies, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra first premiered Symphony I, "Hiroshima" in Japan in April 2011. The recording gained widespread popularity through broadcast on NHK and allowed the symphony to perform repeatedly throughout the country.
Born to atomic bomb attack survivors in 1963, Samuragochi learned the piano and despite no formal musical training, taught himself to compose at a young age and would go on to compose the score for the Japanese film "Cosmos," and videogames, "Bio Hazard" and "Onimusha." Once becoming a highly respected composer, he completely lost his hearing and had to rely on his sense of absolute pitch to finish Symphony No. 1 in 2003. The full-length work comprises of three movements and depicts the gloom reflecting his disease and then a ray of light breaking through it. Samuragochi describes it as, "the dark is thickness, the light shines exquisitely."
The release of "Hiroshima" was originally postponed due to the March 11th, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but was eventually released on July 20, 2012 in ahead of the anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima.
Mamoru Samuragochi Symphony I, "Hiroshima" is Available Now.
SOURCE Denon Classics